How to Pay Your US Expat Taxes Online
The June 15 tax deadline for US expat taxes is near. If you, like so many taxpayers, choose to file your return electronically, you may wonder what will be the easiest way to make a payment to the IRS. Obviously, writing a check is simple and straightforward, but online payments are gaining in popularity.
Listed below are some convenient ways to pay your IRS tax bill online:
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System – https://www.eftps.gov/eftps/
- This option requires a registration, takes about 10 business days to get the letter before you can complete your payment, and requires a US bank account. Unlike other options, EFTPS does not charge a fee for making payments.
PAY1040.com - https://www.pay1040.com/
- Can be used with a foreign bank account, and they charge under $4 for their service when you use a qualifying debit card. To make your payment only involves two screens; there’s no hassle and no need to register on their site, either.
Official Payments – https://www.officialpayments.com/fed
- They charge 2.35% of the payment amount for most transactions, with a minimum payment of $3.95 (which is also their flat fee for any payments made using Visa debit cards). They also offer payment options for state, local, and educational payments. If you prefer to pay via phone, that option is available at 1-888-UPAY-TAX (1-888-872-9829).
PayUSATax – https://www.payusatax.com/
- They boast the lowest fees available, aside from EFTPS. Their flat rate is $3.49 for debit cards and 1.89% of payment for credit cards. They do accept overseas payments with valid card types (including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Star, NYCE, Pulse, and Accel). If you prefer to pay via phone, that option is available at 1-888-9-PAY-TAX (1-888-972-9829).
An Important Reminder
Payments for taxes that are owed to the IRS should be sent by the April deadline each year in order to avoid possible penalties and interest charges. This holds true even for Americans living overseas, despite the automatic extension to June 15 for their US expat taxes. For information from the IRS about late payments, click here.
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